|Posted by frankjamesbailey on March 26, 2018 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
Since tax day, April 15th, is right around the corner. (April 15 also happens to be my birthday!!) I thought I’d give a few pointers for what I use as a tax write off for my business. After all, I love to doing what I do for a living (being a voice actor AND a writer) but this IS a business. And even though for the most part I stay in my studio voicing projects all day or writing, I do go out sometimes for meetings, comic cons, book stores and office supplies. So here are some tips.
Ok, first things first…I’m NOT A CPA!! I don’t know taxes. I have someone do my taxes for me. But, I’ve been doing this VO thing (and writing thing) for a while now and I believe I know what I can and can’t write off for my business. So here’s my advice. (For what it’s worth)
For the most part, if you’re in the voiceover business, you should already know that if you join wa Pay 2 Play site like V123 or VoiceRealm (and many more like them) the money you invest into these web sites is a tax write off. (I don’t use these sites anymore but if you do, you can use it as a business expense.)
I’m sure you also know that if you buy any new equipment for your business (like a new microphone or speakers) you can not only write off the expenses of what you bought but you can also write off the miles that you used in your car to GET there!
I sometimes go to Ad Club and Chamber of Commerce meetings in my local area to meet new people who might want to use my voice for a commercial or for other things. To go to a business luncheon or a meeting (or to join these groups) cost money. That’s a tax write off! Plus, the miles you use in your car to get there is a tax write off too.
If you go to a new business in town and pass your business card to them in hopes that they might want to buy your voice for a radio or TV commercial then the miles you used to get there is a tax write off. Of course, if they DON’T buy from you then you might have a hard time proving that you actually went there. So my tax guy advises not to write off to many of these, unless they actually become a new client of yours!
Also, simple things like buying paper for your printer, pens and paper clips is also a tax write off if you use them for your business. Don’t forget, the miles you had to drive to get to the store to buy these things.
As for my writing career, if I buy a table at a comic con, that‘s a write off. Also the miles it takes to go there too. If I get a free table at a comic book store or book store I can still write off the miles it takes to get there.
I can also write off the hotel costs too.
If I by a new computer that will be used for writing and for my voice actor career, that’s a write off. If I by virus protection for my computer, that’s a write off.
I’m sure you get the idea by now.
These are some of the few things that I use as a tax write off in my business.
If you’re in the voice over business, do you know of any more things a voice actor can write off? Maybe there are a few things that some of us didn’t know about.
I hope to hear your input on this before my birthday…ah, I mean tax day!
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on March 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
This post is a cross between my voice over business and my writing.
Most of the time, when I go to comic cons, I go there to promote myself as a writer. By now I'm sure most of you know that I'm not only a voice actor but I'm also a published author. I wrote the Tercona book series.
Tercona: Book 1 - Our New Home
Tercona: Book 2 - Dr. Q & The Banana Gun
and my newest book, Tercona: Book 3 - Trinity's Traps.
The weekend of March 24th & 25th I will be at Gem City Comic Con in Dayton.
I will also be doing a panel on voice acting - Intruduction To Basic Voice Acting - on Saturday at 11am. So far this is the ONLY time this year I am scheduled to do my panel on voice acting. That could change, but so far...this is it.
On April 28th & 29th I'll be going to S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo)
That's it so far. I hope to see you at a comic con or comic book store soon.
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on January 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
2017 was a good year for my voice over career. As I prepare to make some changes in my marketing and my career for the upcoming 2018 year I wanted to take a look back at some of the voice over jobs I did in 2017.
My voice was used on a lot of explainer videos like this one....
And this one...
On this next video they wanted a "movie trailer" type of voice so I gave them my best Don Lafataine.
I voiced a few videos for KidzKarwan. They do childrens stories. Here is one of those videos.
I saved the best for last. My voice can be herd on a lot of videos for the YouTube channel - Channel Frederator. Like 107 Facts about Pinky & The Brain.
And I voice a LOT of Disney Dark Secrets videos.
Yes...2017 was a good year for me as a voice actor. Not only did I continue furthering my career in the voice over business I also spent a lot of the year going to comic cons and book stores promoting my books too.
Here's to a good 2018.
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on November 25, 2017 at 1:55 PM||comments (1)|
Facebook Fan Page vs Profile pages
I have had a Facebook profile page since 2008. Back then I was mostly using MySpace so I wasn’t as active on Facebook as I am today. That soon changed in 2009 when I began to shift and post more content on my Facebook profile page.
Not too long after that I also created a Facebook “LIKE“ page (a business page) for voice acting. If you want to LIKE my page go here:
I have posted at least 1 thing on this page every day for a while now. Videos, pictures, throwback Thursday…you get the idea. Currently over 700 people have liked my page. The problem is, no matter what I post or who is reading my posts not many people comment or engage with me.
Is it good to have a LIKE page? Yes.
Every single one of Facebook tools is set up to favor businesses via Pages, not profiles.
• Pages are public and profiles are layered with privacy settings.
• Pages can boost posts, profiles can’t.
• Pages have analytics and intelligence measurement, profiles don’t
On the other hand I know several people who use their regular facebook profile as their “page”. A few Hollywood stars like voice actress Tara Strong (who has 5,000 friends and over 44,000 followers) John Wesley Ship (Jay Garrick on the TV show The Flash) he has 5,000 friends and over 17,000 followers and finally I know of a small town local radio DJ named Kevin Sandler at WCSM who has 5,000 friends and almost 10,000 followers.
For the record, it is it better to be “friends” with someone on Facebook then just a follower. The biggest problem with only using your profile is you can only have 5,000 friends. You can get as many followers as you want but your friends top out at 5,000. That’s where a facebook LIKE page comes in. You can have millions of people like your Facebook page. The problem is, unless you’re a HUGE celebrity like Katy Perry, it cost money to run “ads” to make sure people know about your page. It doesn’t cost anything to maintain a simple Facebook profile.
My facebook profile URL is this:
As you can see, my personal page is very different from my “like” page. I had to add the words – Voice Actor – on my "like" page so people would know the difference between that page and my personal page.
Well, after being on Facebook for over 10 years I now have over 2,000 friends and about 100 followers. I have over 2,200 members of my Tercona fan club Facebook group! Of course, that has nothing to do with voice acting. (Groups are better then like pages but I'll get to why in just a minute.) After 10 years of having my “official” voice acting page – Frank James Bailey Voice Actor - I see that it is going nowhere.
So starting in 2018 I will mostly be using my facebook profile as my MAIN page from now on. The URL is easy(www.facebook.com/FrankJamesBailey) and I set it up so new people can follow me.
I will post “something” on my voice acting LIKE page every so often just so it's not dormant but I don’t want to put a lot of work into maintaining it since I already have a Facebook profile page with more followers than the "like" page.
Besides, I can use my regular Facebook page to cover my career as a voice actior AND a writer!
For the record, I do have a Facebook LIKE page for Tercona too. It is this:
However, I have found the same problem with this like page as did with my voice acting page. NOBODY makes comments or engages. It has over 1,600 likes.
My Tercona fan club group…wow, that’s a whole different ball of wax. Fans post their own Tercona artwork, they respond to posts, I get more engagement in the group AND I have over 2,200 members in this group!
Please join my Tercona fan club facebook group here:
I have found that groups are WAY better then like pages but I can’t have a “group” for my voice acting. I’m not that popular of a voice actor and nobody knows me.
My fans sure do like Tercona though!
Thank you for understanding.
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on October 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Should you ever turn down or turn away voice work?
The old saying is…you should NEVER turn away a voice job! But I disagree. Here’s why…
What if the job isn’t for you?
I recently got an invitation to audition for a radio commercial on a freelance site. They wanted a guy who could read the script in Spanish! I don’t speak Spanish…let alone read it! I Turned that job down!
What if the price is too low?
I was also recently offered a job way below my usually rate. Now for the record, I am willing to negotiate a little but if you charge $50 for an explainer video VO job are willing to go down to $10 for just this one time? If youi are you can be sure that client will ALWAYS want you for only $10! I’m not going to do a LOT of work for a little bit of money! I Turned that job down.
What if you’re unavailable?
Thanksgiving is coming up in a few weeks? Most of us are going to spend time with friends and family. I’m sure your clients are too. Some clients…need you available 24 / 7! I usually let my clients know when I’m going out of town.
Are you sick?
I’ve only had to turn down a voice job twice in the past 7 years because I was sick. Only twice because this client needed their job done today and my voice did not sound the way is usually did. The other times I was sick I got lucky. My clients waited until I got better to finish the job.
To answer the question, should you ever trun away VO work? I say yes - t is OK to turn VO work away...sometimes.
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on September 7, 2017 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
You can come and see me at a comic con or book store in September!
As most of you know I'm not just a voice actor, I also a wrote these two books...
On Saturday, September 16th I will be in Monroe MI for the Monroe Comic Con. This is a great 1 day comic con. This is also my ONLY apperiance in Michigan this year! Come by and talk about cartoons, superheros, voice acting and (or course) Tercona!
Then on Saturday, September 23rd I will be in Akron, OH. Join me for a book signing at the Barns & Nobel in Fairborn, OH (a sub-burb of Akron). I will be there starting at 2pm. I will also be doing a panel on writing with other writers too.
I hope to see you at a comic con or book store in September!
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on August 22, 2017 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
Where Will You Be In 10 Years?
Almost every employer asks you that question. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years? Well, let’s back this up a bit and reverse it!
Where were you 10 years ago? Or what were you doing 5 or 10 years ago? (That would be 2007) and did you see yourself being where you are NOW back then?
For me, it’s like this. 10 years ago this month (August of 2007) I was living in Van Wert, OH. I was working the morning show 6 – 10am at a radio station. I was walking / running & working out everyday. I was in the best physical shape of my life. 200 lbs and solid!
My daughter was just over 6 months old and my wife Amy and I had been marred a little over a year. At that time (10 years ago) life was easy and things were great.
If someone were to ask me back then, “Were do you see yourself in 10 years?” I would have NEVER in a million years have said, “Hmm…I see myself working from home as a full time voice actor and I will also publish 2 books by then too.” Yea…I would have never crossed my mind back then. Well, the seeds of voice acting were in my head but not as a full time working from home voice actor…know what I mean?
Anyway, I know that question is just a goal question. What employers SHOULD ask is, “What are your planes for the future?”
MY plans for the future are this...I would love to voice cartoons, any kind of animation character (villains would be nice but it doesn’t really matter) I would love to voice a video game character or an anime character would be cool too! I would LOVE to have Tercona be animated into a cartoon within 5 years! 10 years is a long tern goal. After all I know these things take time.
If someone were to ask me right now, “Were do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?” (2027) I would honestly have to tell them….
...I have NO clue!
So how about it? Where were you 5 or 10 years ago and did you see yourself being where you are NOW back then?
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on August 13, 2017 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
As most of you know, I am not just a voice actor. I'm also a published author too. In November of 2015 I self published my first book "Tercona: Book 1 - Our New Home."
In May of this year (2016) I published my second book "Tercona: Book 2 - Dr. Q and the Banana Gun."
They are family friendly illustarated novels about a female superhero name - Tercona.
You can read a few chapters from each book on the SAMPLE page of the website here:
You can also LIKE my facebook page for Tercona here:
https://www.facebook.com/Tercona/" target="_blank">Tercona facebook page
And you can become a member of the Tercona fan club on facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/terconafanclub/" target="_blank">Tercona fan club
To promote my books I go to comic cons, book stores, and comic book stores. This year (just in Ohio) I've been to Lima, Dayton, Akron, Columbus, and Toledo. I've also been to Indianaplouis, IN and a few local libraries too.
My next comic con I will be - The NEO Comic Con. It's Sunday Aug. 20th in North Olmsted, OH (a sub-burb of Cleveland). I will be in booth 151. Come by my booth and we can talk about cartoons, superheros, voice acting and (of course) Tercona!
For more info about NEO Comic Con, click here: https://www.neocomiccon.com/" target="_blank">NEO Comic Con
I hope to see you THIS weekend, Sunday Aug. 20th at NEO Comic Con!
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on August 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
Nothing happens, unless you make a connection!
My best friend who owns an audio body shop told me some great advice. Nothing happens unless you make a connection.
What he means is, there is no way you’re ever going to do business with ANYONE unless you make some sort of a connection first!
Remember this simple rule, it takes 7 – 12 touches (or connections) before a business will remember you. So you have to think of different ways to connect with your clients that will not look like spam or sound pushy.
Here are few connecting tips.
1 - I start by liking there business facebook page or by subscribing to their YouTube page and making a comment on a video. These are small non-pushy connections and these days it's better to create a personal connection then to just say right away "Hey, let's do business." When ever someone sends me an an email and says "Have a deal for you" I deleate it right away.
Anyway, making a comment makes my connection more personal. It gets my foot in the door. I do this all the time. This way they SEE my name, Frank James Bailey, when I post a comment on their video. If they want to look me up…they can.
2 - In about a week I’ll make ANOTHER connection by commenting on another NEW post or video.
3 – By week 3 I usually send them an email introducing myself. This will work very well if the company responded to the comments I made. (You see why I said like and comment first!)
4 – In week 4 I’ll make another comment on a post or video again. This way if they didn’t get my email they should know my name by now. After all, I’ve made a few comments on their posts.
5 – By the 5th week (or 5th connection) I’m sending out an email again.
6 – In the 6th week, if the business has a twitter or Instagram account, I’m usually following them this week and “hearting” some of their posts this time.
7 – By week 7 I’m sending out a cold call.
There are many more ways to connect with people but this is my strategy and it’s worked for me so far.
Happy connecting and remember…nothing happens unless you make a connection!
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on July 23, 2017 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
Knowing your audience
As most of you know, I have a good internet footprint. If you Google - Frank James Bailey you can easily find me and this website. I’m sure you’ll also be able to find my Tercona site too.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up today is because recently a lot of friends on Facebook sent me a request to “like” there page. I am more than happy to LIKE anyone’s page. I love to support my fellow voice actors. It’s great to network!
On the other hand, let me ask you this very important question…if I “like” your page, are you hitting your target audience? What I mean is, if I like your page that means I’ll see your posts. If you post about a job you did or what voice over work you can do…great! If you post you’re demos, I’ll see those too. Me (a fellow voice actor) will see your demos and voice acting posts. I can give your posts a “big thumbs” up in support but the likelihood that I’ll hire you for a voice job is probably slim. I’m a voice actor too! I am trying to get voice work, Just Like You!
Yea, there is a small chance since I’m networked with you that I might call you up someday and say, “Hey, I have the flu and I can’t voice this job but I think you’re perfect for it. Can you help me out?” or I might need your voice on a project I’m working on. More than likely though, I am NOT the person you’re trying to reach. You want to reach other video companies, e-learning companies, and maybe even agencies. If they see your posts about voice acting or your demos they might want to hire you.
Let me tell you a quick story, a few years ago I made videos on YouTube called “A Video Voice Over Tip.” They were videos to help people who wanted to get into the voice over business. I had a good audience of…FELLOW VOICE ACTORS! The problem was, I’m not a coach nor do I want to be. As a voice actor I want to reach people who might want to buy my voice for their video, phone greeting or e-learning project
As most of you know I’m also a writer. I wrote books about a female superhero named Tercona. My audience for Tercona is kids, teens (and some adults) who like superheroes. My “LIKE” page for Tercona has over 1,660 likes. Also my Tercona fan club Facebook group has over 1,600 members! My Frank James Bailey – Voice Actor LIKE page only has 733 likes. It’s clear that my audience for my books is a LOT larger than the people who want to hear me as a voice actor. Now I’m sure if I started voicing cartoons or video games that number would change but for now, more people like the female superhero I created – Tercona - then ME the voice actor Frank James Bailey.
So…if you want me to “like” your facebook page, yes I will! I will LIKE your page and support my fellow voice actors but you have to ask yourself, am I the audience you want?